With the weather cooperating and over 100 campers on the field it was another successful camp run by pro safety Jim Leonhard.
Joining Jim from the professional ranks was Chris Maragos, a defensive back with the Seattle Seahawks. Chris has a Skills Camp in Racine just a week earlier than Jim’s camp and they help each other out.
With two days of weather that was just about right for the camps, the players were taught several skills and worked on them in front of a very good coaching staff which includes former college players and current coaches.
“It is just good to be back here at Flambeau High School where it all started for me,” Jim told the group as they assembled. “I get excited every time I return to this place and get a chance to come out on the field that meant so much to me. It also shows that everyone has a chance to be what they can be.”
Leonhard has been in pro football for 10 years, playing for Buffalo, Baltimore, the New York Jets, Denver Broncos and is currently on the New Orleans Saints roster. He has accomplished everything through hard work and using all of his knowledge on the football field.
By demonstrating the techniques he has used to be so successful he hopes to pass on to the high school players some of those skills. Each camper carries away a shirt and bag from the camp that he can keep as a memory.
One of the remarks constantly heard is about the size of Jim. Remarks such as ‘He is not very big is he?’ or ‘Until he takes a shirt off he can’t really see anything different about him’. But one thing the public does not see is his heart, which is as big as anyone has ever had. His desire to do things well, whether it is playing football or teaching the game, is what makes him a winner.